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I've tracked 點鬼簿 as far as 張鷟《朝野僉載》. I thought it was something like 'augmenting the records of the dead', but I don't really understand it?

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  1. It's a derogatory word.

  2. It's used to mock poems which abused name of the ancients and historical stories.

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  • Could you add a little about why these words are used that way? The comment by user6065 says it is the title of a specific work. – Colin McLarty Jan 25 '16 at 18:50
  • why not supply examples from the literature (examples on the web) for confirmation – user6065 Jan 26 '16 at 11:09
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    Literally, "點鬼" means call the dead name, ”簿“ book, directory; As you see, the literal meaning of "點鬼簿" is records of the dead. it is used to describe a poet who like to use name of the ancients, such as "杨炯(yang jiong)" See the Wiki:en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yang_Jiong. Actually, the origin of it because yang jiong. – Bob Luo Jan 28 '16 at 4:14

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